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by Dr. Eowyn

This is our present, folks.

Imagine what robots will be in 20 years.

“This Morning With Phillip & Holly” is a British daytime television program broadcast on ITV.

Sophia is a humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong based company Hanson Robotics. Sophia was activated on February 14, 2016, and made her first public appearance at South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in mid-March 2016 in Austin, Texas, United States. She is able to display more than 50 facial expressions.

Sophia has been covered by media around the globe and has participated in many high-profile interviews. In October 2017, Sophia became the first robot to receive citizenship of any country. In November 2017, Sophia became the first non-human to be given a United Nations title — the UN Development Program’s first ever Innovation Champion. Around January 2018. Sophia was upgraded with functional legs and the ability to walk.

Sophia can follow faces, sustain eye contact, and recognize individuals. Able to answer certain questions and to make simple conversations on predefined topics, Sophia is designed to get smarter over time.

David Hanson modeled Sophia after actress Audrey Hepburn, although to me, the robot more resembles the actress Jennifer Lawrence. Hanson designed Sophia to be a suitable companion for the elderly at nursing homes, or to help crowds at large events or parks. He hopes that the robot can ultimately interact with other humans sufficiently to gain social skills.

Hanson Robotcs also created nine other robot humanoids: Alice, Albert Einstein Hubo, BINA48, Han, Jules, Professor Einstein, Philip K. Dick Android, Zeno, and Joey Chaos.

See also “Dublin brothel offers Dolly the sex robot for $102/hr.

~Eowyn

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